Southern Style Barbecue Chicken

Southern Style Barbecue Chicken

This recipe can be made with any cut of chicken, breasts, drumsticks or chicken pieces threaded onto kebabs.

This sauce can double both as a marinade and as a sauce simply mix the basic ingredients together for the marinade then separate and use a third for marinade and two-thirds for the cooked sauce.

Southern Style Barbecue Chicken

Serves: 4-6


4-6 chicken breasts
4-6 chicken drumsticks
4-6 chicken breasts cut into chunks and threaded onto kebab skewers

(BBQ sauce)

  • 1 onion (very finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard and ¼ tsp paprika pepper
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • Few drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 large tin tomatoes (400g/14oz) chopped
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 200g/8 oz vegetables (peppers, mushrooms, spring onions)


Trim off any visible skin or fat at this stage, then brush with a little olive oil. Brush the chicken pieces with the marinade. Begin placing on the barbecue and cook until tender. Turn occasionally and brush with extra marinade. Ensure the chicken is no longer pink before serving. This can be served with the deep southern barbecue sauce.

BBQ sauce

Toss the crushed garlic and onion in hot oil for 1-2 mins. Add the cider vinegar, grainy mustard, pepper, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning cooking for a further 1-2 mins until the sauce almost caramelizes.

Add the tin of tomatoes and 1 tsp of tomato puree. Continue to cook for a further 3-4 mins. After cooking this sauce can be cooled and stored in a screw top jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.

At this stage take 1/3 of the mixture and use as a marinade. Take the remainder of the sauce and to this add 1 yellow pepper finely diced 4 oz mushrooms finely diced and 4-6 spring onions finely chopped.

Return to the heat and cook for a further 5 mins. This will give you a wonderful chunky barbecue sauce.

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